A Fort McMurray resident is working to start an Australian Rules Football team in our community.
Australian Rules Football, or Footy for short, has been growing in popularity in Canada since AFL Canada was established back in 1989.
Chris Piercey is trying to field a professional team in Fort McMurray with hopes that he can draw in people who are interested in a physical, competitive sport that isn’t rugby or football.
He tells Mix News the game is a combination of a number of other physical sports.
“Rugby meets basketball meets soccer, eliminate the offsides and play the sport on a cricket pitch and that’s pretty much the game in a nutshell. It’s a high-flying, high-endurance demanding sport.”
Piercey says he first gained interest in Aussie Rules when he stumbled upon a YouTube video showcasing the Australian Football League.
He feels it’s a good way for people to get out and get active.
“I know there are options like rugby, soccer or football but at the later ages, this is something for anybody who’s willing to make an effort, have some fun and learn something new.”
Piercey adds a team here is still a dream, as the franchise is still in an infantile stage.
Anyone interested can join up for group practices at MacDonald Island Park’s indoor turf facility at Shell Place, every Friday starting at 9 p.m.